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STATE OF OHIO vs. ANTHONY COLLINS, JR.

Collins was indicted in an eight-count indictment. Counts 1 and 2 charged
attempted murder in violation of R.C. 2923.02 and 2903.02(A); Count 3 charged
aggravated robbery in violation of R.C. 2911.01(A)(1); Counts 4 and 5 charged felonious
assault in violation of R.C. 2903.11(A)(1); and Counts 6 and 7 charged felonious assault
in violation of R.C. 2903.11(A)(2). All counts ca... More...
   $0 (05-14-2018 - OH)

STATE OF OHIO vs. GREG RUCKER

In 2016 Rucker and codefendant Nicholas Kraft were charged with three
counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of kidnapping and one count of having
weapons while under disability. Kraft plead guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery1
and agreed to testify against Rucker. The case against Rucker proceeded to a jury trial.
{¶3} Evidence was presented that between 3:30 a.m.... More...
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STATE OF OHIO v. TANNER D. HOPKINS

This case arises from the January 13, 2015 assault suffered by Chaenin
Taylor. At the time of the assault, Taylor was seven-months pregnant. As a result of
the assault, the fetus died.
{¶ 3} Following an investigation, Hopkins was indicted on one count of murder
(purposeful) in violation of R.C. 2903.02(A), one count of involuntary manslaughter in
violation of R.C. 2903... More...
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STATE OF ARIZONA v. VINCENT JOSEPH GUARINO

To secure membership in the Aryan Brotherhood, a criminal gang, Defendant Vincent Guarino (“Guarino”) sought to murder Chad Rowe. Accompanied by his brother Frank Guarino (“Frank”), Guarino went to a home in north Phoenix. Guarino entered, found Chad, and brought him out at gunpoint. The three men drove away in a truck. Chad’s body was later found in a residential street. He had been stabbed ... More...   $0 (05-13-2018 - AZ)

STATE OF IDAHO v. PHILLIP R. SMALLEY Sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult

Smalley was employed at an assisted living facility and worked alone as the overnight caregiver. The victim, F.B., was a 102-year-old patient at the facility who had arthritis, wore
hearing aids, and spoke with a low voice. Her hands were deformed from the arthritis, she could only eat with a large-handled spoon, and she had difficulty swallowing. F.B. could not walk, sit up, stand, dress ... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. IOURI MIKHEL and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JURIJUS KADAMOVAS

Defendants are foreign nationals under the Hostage Taking Act: Mikhel is Russian, and Kadamovas is Lithuanian. Both lived in Los Angeles, California, during the events underlying this case. Defendants were assisted at various times by coconspirators Petro Krylov, Ainar Altmanis, Aleksejus Markovskis, and Natalya Solovyeva. Altmanis, Markovskis, and Solovyeva all pleaded guilty and
UNITED STA... More...
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United States of America v. Joseph Thompson Western District of New York Federal Courthouse - Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, NY - Lockport Man Pleads Guilty For His Role In Narcotics Conspiracy

Joseph Thompson, 68, of Lockport, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 40 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing fentanyl. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maxi... More...
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Christopher Alexander v. Scripps memorial Hospital La Jolla

This case raises issues concerning the legal obligations imposed on health care
providers when a patient's health care directives conflict with the providers' opinions that
the requested care would be medically ineffective and may cause harm. Elizabeth
Alexander, a 70-year-old woman suffering from end-stage terminal pancreatic cancer,
died four days after she was transferred from a... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ‐v.‐ ELVIN HILL, A/K/A ELTON,  UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS  FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT

Fredy Cuenca was a livery cab driver in New York City.  One afternoon, 
on June 29, 1997, he received a call from his dispatcher requesting a pickup in the 
Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.  Two young men, Elvin Hill and Rhan 
Powell, entered Cuenca’s cab.  According to Powell, as they were reaching the 
destination, Cuenca quoted the fare price, $10, which was higher than Hill a... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. TRAVIS GLENN CONDER

Travis Conder and Shanda Britton were married on July 18, 2015, in Wamego, Kansas. They celebrated with their friends and family at the reception until about midnight. Attendees drank alcohol socially at the reception, as did Conder, Shanda, Tyrel Britton (Conder's brother-in-law), and Rose Britton (Conder's mother-in-law).

The family headed back to the home of Shanda's parents, where ... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. LESLIE D. PRUITT

On the evening of March 6, 2015, David Simonton drove a semitrailer truck to a local Sam's Club to make a delivery. His cousin, Craig Wolfe, accompanied him on the delivery. Upon detaching the trailer, the two men planned "[t]o find a club [and] get some weed" that evening. Simonton drove the cab to a nearby Walmart and purchased a small quantity of marijuana from some individuals. Simonton then e... More...   $0 (05-12-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Peter Galbraith Kelly, Jr. Southern District of New York - New York, New York

New York, NY - Former Energy Company Executive Pleads Guilty In Connection With The Bribery Scheme Of Former Executive Deputy Secretary To The Governor Of New York

PETER GALBRAITH KELLY JR., a former executive at Competitive Power Ventures (“CPV”), pled guilty to defrauding CPV by misrepresenting that the former Executive Deputy Secretary to the Governor, Joseph Percoco, had obtained stat... More...
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Alysia Webb v. City of Riverside

Petitioner Alysia Webb1 (Webb) filed a verified petition for writ of mandate in
superior court alleging the City of Riverside (Riverside) violated Propositions 26 and 218
when it began transferring additional revenue from electric utility reserve fund accounts
into the general fund without approval by the electorate. Webb contends the court
improperly dismissed her case without lea... More...
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United States of America v. Rene Barrera, Sr. Northern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Richardson Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty

Rene Barrera, Sr, of Del Rio, Texas, who was one of several tax preparers at Tax Genius in Richardson, Texas, appeared in federal court Tuesday, May 8, 2018, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez and pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent tax return.

Sentencing is set b... More...
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Rakeem Levon Rhodes v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by indictment with capital murder. He pleaded “not guilty,” and the matter proceeded to a jury trial. At trial, the evidence showed that late in the evening of June 12, 2013, Appellant and A.N.1 walked to the home of Albert Hodge. A.N. stayed behind while Appellant approached the door. Appellant knocked on the door, paused, and knocked again. When Hodge opened the door, A... More...   $0 (05-11-2018 - TX)

Heleine Tchayou et al. v. City of Los Angeles, Chand Syed, Daniel Torres, Francisco Martinez and Joshua Volasgis Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - Heleine Tchayou, Estate of Charly Leundeu Keunang, Isaac Keunang and Line Marquise Foming sued the City of Los Angeles, Chand Syed, Daniel Torres, Francisco Martinez and Joshua Volasgis on civil rights violation theories claiming that Charly Leundeu Keunang was wrongfully killed by Sgt Chand Syed and Officer Francisco Martinez who used excessive force in 2015.

The events... More...
   $1950000 (05-11-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. University of California, San Diego Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against University of California, San Diego

The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with the University of California, San Diego. The settlement resolves the Department’s investigation into whether the University’s Resource Management and Planning Vice Chancellor Area... More...
   $0 (05-10-2018 - CA)

State of Oklahoma v. Michael John Bever Tulsa County Courthouse - Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK - The State of Oklahoma charged Michael John Bever with:


Count # 1. Count as Filed: HM11, MURDER - FIRST DEGREE, in violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
Date of Offense: 07/22/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
BEVER, ROBERT DAVIS Disposed: CONVICTION, 09/07/2016. Guilty Plea
Count as Disposed: MURDER - FIRST DEGREE(HM11)
Violation of 21 O.S. 701.7
... More...
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United States of America v. William Hammond and Kristine Vanorman District of Utah Federal Courthouse - Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, UT - Utah PSN Partners Target Those Who “Lie-And-Try” To Purchase A Firearm; Two Federal Firearms Licensees Also Charged

Utah Project Safe Neighborhoods partners have a message for those who “lie-and-try” in attempting to purchase a firearm from federal firearms licensees in Utah: If you lie on paperwork you are required to complete to purchase a firearm, you may end up f... More...
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United States of America v. Kirsten Lippold District of Colorado Federal Courthouse - Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO - Boulder Woman Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Heroin Resulting in Death

Kirsten Lippold, 48, of Boulder, Colorado, pled guilty on May 9, 2018 to distribution of heroin resulting in death. The proceedings were held before U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore. Lippold’s guilty plea followed a one-count indictment, which was returned by a Federal Grand Jury in July of 2017. ... More...
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Bruce K. Pond v. State of Indiana

The facts, as stated in Pond’s direct appeal, follow:
On July 22, 2011, Pond was drinking beer with his son Blake and a family friend on the back porch of his mother’s house in Ossian, Indiana. Pond became annoyed with a light shining from the pier of a neighboring pond. Matt Michuda (Michuda) along with his four year old son Jacob and two friends were fishing off the pier. Pond went insid... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Andrew Young Johnson Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

In 1998, a Sullivan County Criminal Court jury convicted the petitioner of one count of attempted first degree murder and one count of felony reckless endangerment. This court affirmed the convictions and accompanying 25-year sentence on direct appeal. State v. Andrew Young Johnson, No. E1999-00002-CCA-R3-CD, (Tenn. Crim. App., Knoxville, Apr. 18, 2000). The crimes in this case came on the tail... More...   $0 (05-09-2018 - TN)

State of Tennessee v. Bryant Williamson

On January 11, 2013, the Defendant1 was standing at his front door, arguing with Jeremy Jones, when he pulled out his gun and shot at Jeremy Jones. The Defendant’s shot missed its intended victim and instead struck and killed the actual victim who was standing in her driveway across the cove. Several eyewitnesses testified that the Defendant and Jones had been fighting in the days prior to the s... More...   $0 (05-09-2018 - TN)

United States of America v. Jimmy Myers District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM - Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

Jimmy Myers, 24, of Lockhart, Texas, pled guilty on May 8, 2018 in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to a narcotics trafficking charge arising out of the sale of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent.

Myers and co-defendants Jesus Sanchez, 31, of Carlsbad, N.M., and Stephan... More...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - NM)

United States of America v. Kevin Kyes Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - Former South Bay Resident Convicted Of Defrauding Japanese Investors In Almost $7 Million Ponzi Scheme

Kevin Kyes was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seventeen counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of money laundering by a federal jury. The jury’s verdict followed a week-long trial before th... More...
   $0 (05-08-2018 - CA)

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